A massive earthquake rattled Myanmar today evening sending tremors across east and north India. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the 6.8 magnitude strong quake hits Myanmar, felt in India near the Indian border. Huge tremors were felt in Kolkata after a whopper of an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude hit the areas on the India-Myanmar border. Strong tremors were reported in Guwahati and Patna, mild ones were felt in Chennai and Delhi.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) the earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in northwest Myanmar, 100 km north-northwest of the city of Monywa. The National Centre of Seismology said that the earthquake occurred at 7:25 pm at a depth of 134 km.
Earthquake tremors were felt across north and eastern India. Tremors were felt in Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna, Dehradun, Delhi and its adjoining areas like Noida and Ghaziabad.
There were no immediate reports of damage to property or life. In Kolkata, metro services were briefly suspended following the tremor. Electricity was cut off in parts of northeast India as thermal power stations were shut down as a precautionary measure, reports said.
People blew conch shells on some streets in Kolkata to sound alarm and alert residents of high-rises, said some eyewitnesses.
“It took us a few seconds to realise what was happening, but the shake was pretty evident. So we rushed out immediately,” said a resident of Kolkata.
Cracks were reported in some Kolkata buildings, while the city’s Metro was suspended for a few minutes.
Just few days back, on April 10, a powerful earthquake clocking 6.8 on the Richter scale, had epicentred in Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan and had jolted several parts of North India, including the Delhi NCR region.
However, there were no reports of loss of lives or property then.
Tremors were also felt then in Pakistan and large parts of North India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, besides Delhi National Capital Region.